Inclusion Ministry

Civil Conversations: Whiteness
Thursday, March 25 – 7 pm – Via Zoom

Join a panel discussion about whiteness. Panelists will be sharing how learning a fuller history of whiteness helps set all of us free and brings us together, making our world less divided. Panel will be answering tough questions from the congregation about whiteness and its history.

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Meeting ID: 917 2596 7890       Passcode: 330502

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What is Civil Conversations?  A place to convene about difficult topics, with no shame/no blame, just real conversation with real people and each other. Our next Civil Conversations topic explores Whiteness.  Talking about “Whiteness” can feel polarizing and bring up a lot of personal emotions.  This demonstrates how important it is to talk about it and understand the impact for us all.  Talking about “Whiteness” is not about shaming white people, it is about exploring the system of “Whiteness” together to build a better shared understanding of the world we live in.


The Rev. Jason Chesnut, ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA), is a freelance filmmaker, itinerant pastor, and digital preacher, working on the edges of institutional Christianity.  His films are committed to a new kind of storytelling (, and his work extends into movements for justice and liberation.  A native of Texas, Jason graduated from Texas Lutheran University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  He lives as close as possible to mountains, and in an alternate universe he would be a wildlife photographer.

Tori Williams Douglass is a writer, speaker, educator, and activist. She is the creator of White Homework which is a curriculum designed to help people create their own personalized antiracism plan. The courses were developed as a response to the hundreds of requests she got from individuals asking, “I don’t want to be racist, but what do I DO?” Prior to this, she worked in higher ed, doing recruitment for Underrepresented Minorities in STEM. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

Kelly Sherman-Conroy; Mato Wašté Winyan (Good Bear Woman), has grounded her life in the Holy Spirit and the deep spiritual practices intertwined between her Lakota identity and Christian beliefs. A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Kelly dedicates her time providing ministry around the exploration of intersections of identity, personal narratives, and faith.  As a doctoral student at Luther Seminary, Kelly travels and speaks about traditions and values of the Lakota people and the vibrant role culture has within the church experience, integrating spiritual practices from a multicultural experience.

Tom Gehring currently serves as the pastor for Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on the Rocky Boy’s reservation in northern Montana. Throughout his studies and his ministry, he has sought out encounters with cultures that differ from the predominantly white, upper midwestern culture he was born and raised in. He has spent time living among and working with members of the Sicangu Lakota tribe on the Rosebud Reservation of South Dakota, serving as an pastoral intern in a Lutheran congregation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and leading worship with communities in Tanzania, Nepal, and Indonesia. He believes it is the faithful responsibility of people who hold privileged identities to listen and learn from people of marginalized identities, so that we might better understand each other and work alongside one another. In his free time, he enjoys mixing songs as a hobbyist DJ, dabbling in music writing and production, playing Dungeons and Dragons with his nerd friends, moving his body in various ways, and playing outside.

A Statement from St. Andrew’s, March 18, 2021:

As people of faith, we are deeply saddened by the violence in Atlanta against the Asian community. We deplore any actions of violence and racism. We pray for all those affected, and in that spirit we re-dedicate ourselves to Do Justice, Love Mercy and walk humbly with God and our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) neighbors. We embrace and support our AAPI friends, family and community and continue to be committed to creating a culture of belonging that fearlessly values all.

At St. Andrew’s we continually look to grow even more deeply in our commitment to being a welcoming community, an inclusive community and truly a Christ-centered community. It is true we are diverse in opinion and united in mission.  As a community, it’s important that we have a safe place for us to question and wonder together, having conversations in a grace-filled way as we grow to become the beloved community.  We need to have these hard conversations in order for us to grow.

Inclusion Ministry – Monthly Meetings

The first Thursday of the month 6:30-8 pm
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Meeting ID: 990 5497 6990
Passcode: 981817

Contact: Pastor Jenny Sung,

If you would like to become more involved with the Inclusion Ministry Team at St. Andrew’s please share your email with Pr. Jenny Sung  ( so we can add you to the email list. We are always looking for new ideas and perspectives at our monthly business meetings!

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